- awkward, clumsy, or unmannerly: uncouth behavior; an uncouth relative who embarrasses the family.
- strange and ungraceful in appearance or form.
- unusual or strange.
Origin of uncouth
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Examples from the Web for uncouth
Because while calling a passerby “sexy” may be uncouth, it shouldn't be illegal.Street Harassment Shouldn’t Be a Crime
October 29, 2014
A child who masters the classics will stand apart from the uncouth boors on the school bus.A Few Good Books for Dads
John Elder Robison
June 14, 2013
Sarkozy is known for running—television crews often film him, sweaty and uncouth, as he jogs in an NYPD t-shirt.Did Carla Wear Him Out?
July 28, 2009
He was the first tragedian of the Comdie, and the most uncouth man in France or anywhere else.My Double Life
Their uncouth simplicity was, as they say of wines, their race.The Letters of Robert Burns
The sight of these things filled the boy with a respect for the uncouth fellow.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
For so uncouth a person he was strangely commendable and worthy.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
My own looked so enormous and clumsy and uncouth by comparison.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
- lacking in good manners, refinement, or grace
Word Origin and History for uncouth
Old English uncuð "unknown, uncertain, unfamiliar," from un- (1) "not" + cuð "known, well-known," past participle of cunnan "to know" (see can (v.)). Meaning "strange, crude, clumsy" is first recorded 1510s. The compound (and the thing it describes) widespread in IE languages, cf. Latin ignorantem, Old Norse ukuðr, Gothic unkunþs, Sanskrit ajnatah, Armenian ancanaut', Greek agnotos, Old Irish ingnad "unknown."